Ladbrokes Investigating Great British Bake Off Scandal

Great British Bake Off betting scandal.

Ladbrokes accuses BBC staff of placing illegal bets worth £10,000 on this year’s Great British Bake Off finale. (Image: GETTY)

The final of this year’s Great British Bake Off has caused a stir for more reasons than one this week after it emerged that Ladbrokes is conducting an investigation into potential illegal betting.

In keeping with tradition, Ladbrokes has been offering a market on the potential winner of this year’s TV baking contest; however, earlier this week it was revealed that plans to offer future markets might be scrapped.

A Half-Baked Scheme Uncovered

According to reports, Ladbrokes’ fraud detection team has linked dozens of newly opened accounts to BBC employees.

Described as “people in the know”, these employees have allegedly used multiple accounts to place wagers worth £10,000 on the outcome of the show.

As it has been in previous years, the finale of the Great British Bake Off is pre-recorded, which means a number of people, including the final contestants and the show’s production team, already know the outcome.

During week one of the show Ladbrokes was forced to suspend betting after 90 percent of the wagers were placed on a single contestant. Originally priced at 12/1, the odds were quickly slashed to evens after a flurry of activity.

Sensing something was awry, Ladbrokes closed the market and launched an investigation.

The market was later reopened, but has been suspended multiple times since the original investigation and now Ladbrokes is accusing BBC employees of insider betting.

Although William Hill is still taking bets on the final and believes the BBC has kept the result “quiet enough”, it’s unclear whether Ladbrokes will run a similar book for the 2016 Great British Bake Off.

In Case You Missed It

While Ladbrokes was battling the BBC over alleged insider betting, a gambling shop in London found itself at the mercy of a live chicken this week.

After hearing a noise coming from the toilet, staff at the Cashino betting shop in Morden, London, went in to discover a live chicken drinking from the toilet. Visibly emancipated and in need of some care, the staff phoned the RSPCA who attended the scene.

After collecting the chicken, RSPCA inspector Lynn Marshall stated that the chicken was in bad shape and may have been dumped there.

“She was in such a terrible state. It is also possible of course that someone may have dumped her there,” said Marshall.

In other news, Northampton’s Aspers Casino is turning its blackjack tables pink this month in a bid to raise awareness for breast cancer.

On top of turning the felt pink and adorning each blackjack table with the familiar Breast Cancer Awareness ribbon, Aspers has pledged to donate £1 to charity for every glass or bottle of rosé sold throughout October.

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